BRONXVILLE, N.Y. Although the Tuckahoe High School graduation had to be moved indoors to Concordia College, a little bit of rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the members of the Class of 2012 as they get ready to enter the next chapter of their lives.
Speakers at Tuckahoe's 80th commencement reminisced about memories the students have shared and looked forward to what appears to be a bright future for the 58 graduates.
Class Vice President Nicole DeRuggiero joked that the rain clouds have seemingly accompanied every important school function.
"Doesn't it seem like it's rained for nearly every significant event we've had as a class?" she asked. "Looking back on most of them, we don't see the dark skies, we see the amazing memories we made, despite all odds."
Tuckahoe Superintendent Edward Reilly told students that their hometown will always be a safe haven, and a place they can always return to.
"Take time to reflect on Tuckahoe. Lifelong friendships and bonds have been built here," he said. "Keep in touch with each other while you're traveling the world, chasing your dreams. Tuckahoe will serve you well when you need to rely on a trusted friend."
During the ceremony, graduates paid tribute to the graduates of the Class of 1962, who were represented at the golden anniversary of their own exit from the high school.
The students later thanked their parents for their hard work over the past 18 years while getting them ready to face this next challenge. Appreciative graduates made their way into the crowd to deliver roses to their families, an emotional moment for all parties involved.
"We've gone from naïve and eager freshman to old and weathered high school seniors," Class Secretary Victoria Scotton said. "You showed us the true value of empathy, and the importance to treat each other with respect. Soon we won't have you around to help us out all the time."
For many of the graduates, this will be the first time they venture away from their small community. Class valedictorian Lauren Piacquadio likened the Class of 2012 to a family.
"I've gotten to know every single one of you over the past four years. We've developed a unity and tight knit bonds in Tuckahoe," she said. "Next year we will all be apart in new communities. As you branch out, take a piece of Tuckahoe with you. No matter how far apart we are, we have a family here to come back to."
Reilly said it is important for students to make an impact on the world as they get ready to enter it.
"Know how fortunate you are to be living in Tuckahoe. You're moving out into a big wide world," he said. "Enjoy new cultures and experiences, but never forget how unique home really is. Strive to make the world a better place. You can work to reach a happy life. We're passing the torch to a new generation of leaders."
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